As Maruti Suzuki continues testing the Ertiga 1.5L diesel on public roads, a new spy shot has surfaced online, courtesy GaadiWaadi.com.
Maruti Suzuki’s 1.5-litre diesel engine is an all-new, in-house developed unit that will eventually replace the Fiat 1.3-litre diesel engine. Internally known as the ‘E15A’ engine, it’s a four-cylinder unit featuring a Variable Geometry Turbocharger. IAB had revealed last month that the BS-IV compliant unit develops a maximum power of 70 kW (95.17 PS) at 4,000 rpm. It is said to offer a maximum torque of 225 Nm (at 1,500-2,500 rpm), which would mean the company marketing it as ‘DDiS 225’ engine.
Unlike the K15B petrol engine and the D13A diesel engine, the E15A diesel engine doesn't feature mild-hybrid technology for brake energy recuperation, idle start-stop and torque assist functions. It will come paired with a brand-new 6-speed manual transmission. The D13A unit, on the other hand, is available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Maruti Suzuki offers the 1.3-litre diesel engine in the Ertiga in Ldi, Vdi, Zdi and Zdi+ grades. The company will offer the 1.5-litre diesel engine in the MPV in Vdi, Zdi and Zdi+ grades.
The Maruti Ertiga 1.5L diesel could go on sale sometime this month. By March 2020, the in-house developed diesel engine will have leaped to BS-VI. The 1.3-litre diesel engine will go out of production by then, as there's no plan to upgrade it to comply with the new emission norms.
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